Ann Ramsdell, Ph.D. is a free-spirited, crystal-wielding developmental biologist who is fascinated by our origins – physical and metaphysical – and how they shape experiences and outcomes throughout our lives. In the lab and beyond,  Ann’s favorite experiments are the ones that lead us to more joy and fulfillment. She is a fan of taking playful, imperfect action and has learned from empirical data (i.e., “screwing up”) that even missteps are valuable opportunities for course correction, nudging us toward wherever we truly desire to be. One of her central beliefs is that joy is everyone’s birthright – and that in order to fully experience it, you have to go out there – as well as deeply in there –  to create it.  A proficient pattern detector and problem solver, Ann loves blending her intuition and sharp analytical ability with deep empathy to empower others on this quest. One of her favorite parts of this process is helping clients identify ways to overcome obvious and not-so-obvious roadblocks emanating from multiple sources – including, but not limited to, colleagues, society, friends, loved ones, and – hold on! – our own beautiful, smart, funny, courageous, and deserving selves.

Ann slipped a bit of coaching into her TEDx scientific talk